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New Research into Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy

Using portable antiquities to study Anglo-Saxon and Viking England

Julian Richards has been awarded £150,000 from the AHRB to use coins and metalwork to illuminate Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age landscape and economy.

More is known of the location and density of English settlements AD 700-1000 from the activities of 'metal detectorists' than from archaeological fieldwork.

Julian's project will
(a) investigate the national visibility of metal-detected sites,
(b) study settlement hierarchies by defining characteristic assemblage 'fingerprints' for type sites,
(c) use targeted and controlled metal-detecting on a small number of sites to study their development and settlement morphology,
(d) chart ethnic identity and change, and economic development.